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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Last Carolinian of the semester

Hat trick for me in this week's Carolinian, the final issue of the semester. It's also the last one with Kitty Campbell as Managing editor. Kitty, whose column this week you should read, is moving head on into the real world, a move I plan on never making. She'll be fine; Kitty seems to have that whole "responsibility" thing down pretty well.

I'm taking over as Managing editor, at least for the mean time. I'm staying on as Life editor as well, so we'll see how that works out at the beginning of next semester. Luke will be a busy little bastard.

Tomorrow at our last editorial board meeting I'm sure there will be goodbyes to be said, though no one is actually leaving. So maybe no goodbyes are neccesary. BUT, there will be drinks. I promise you that. Anyway, my stories for the week:

AIDS weeks hits home for black community
The crowd in the EUC Auditorium Wednesday was lively and responsive, until Jason Robertson dropped a bombshell.

"One in 250 people in the United States have HIV. One in three people who have it don't know it."

The crowd's sudden silence revealed how serious the issue being discussed was: AIDS in the black community. As part of World AIDS Week, which culminated on Dec. 1 with World AIDS Day, the Wellness Center and the National Pan-Hellenic Council co-sponsored a presentation on HIV and AIDS awareness, emphasizing the diseases' outbreak in the black community in past years. The presentation was given by Robertson, Wellness Coordinator for the Wellness Center at UNCG.

"[AIDS] went from a gay, white male disease in the 1980s," said Robertson, "to something more affecting the African-American community.

"African-Americans make up 13 percent of the population, but they're 48 percent of the AIDS population."Full article

Failure to Communicate: Laugh at Borat? Congratulations, you're racist
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is the first movie in a while that had me in tears laughing. It has constant jokes, very few dull moments, and the one gross scene everyone warns you about isn't really that bad. But there's something many viewers may have missed while watching. I hate to break it to you, but if you're like me and laughed hysterically at "Borat," you're racist. Full column

WEB JUNKIE: What your dad didn't tell you, and your mom doesn't want to know
Male advice websites answer the questions that guys hate asking

In a young man's life, advice about life often comes along like pornography. You find a bit here and there: a Playboy in the garage, a video in your older brother's closet, the sudden discovery of what happens late night on Cinemax. Most male conversation is restricted to sports and cars. Talking about our emotions is about as welcome as farting at Thanksgiving dinner - which, if we men had our way, would be not only welcome but expected - so rarely does it happen that one of our dads sat us down and told us everything we need to know.

It just so happens that the Internet has given men two of those very things we spent our youths looking for. The porn you can find on your own, but the talking-to your father never gave you comes in the form of male advice websites. Full article


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